I picked up this bottle a few weeks ago on a visit with one of one of my oldest, dearest friends in Eastern Washington. We have been friends since we were 9 years old. I was there on a business trip, but had some time afterwards to socialize.
After my meeting wrapped up for the day, we took a bit of time to visit J. Bookwalter Winery, one of her favorites, and one I have long been curious about but never tried. Many of their wines have literary names; this one is no exception. For a book nerd like me, that is a huge draw!
Our tasting consisted of a number of fantastic wines; she was more drawn to the heavy tannic reds, while I enjoyed the whites a bit more. Our server was friendly and personable, and we ended up having a great conversation on the wines, love and life.
The 2015 Couplet is sourced entirely from Columbia Valley grapes, from the Conner Lee, and the blend is 76% Chardonnay and 24% Viognier. Both were fermented in stainless steel, rather than oak, giving the wine a crisp flavor. Flavors of peach and lemon combine with a light minerality for a delicious hot weather patio wine. (Even though it wasn’t that hot today, and I didn’t sit on the patio while enjoying my glass…) If you are near Prosser, Washington though, J. Bookwalter has an awesome patio, and they are open later than most wineries because they also have a restaurant!
It was certainly a worthwhile visit and a great wine!